Cisco Systems Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge amount of resources
    Long term career opportunities are available
    Good compensation

    Cons

    Limited to networking technology
    Promotions are a bit slow
    Bonuses are stingy compared to other large companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on expanding to other technical areas (services, software)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Potential but lacks the commitment, capabilities and speed to deliver

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wide reach. Significant expertise in networking technology. Respected brand. Incredible opportunity to deliver on a new market area.

    Cons

    But couldn't move quickly enough. Heavy on the management side. Too many cross functional committees. Significant effort spent on communication and consensus building with little results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow smaller seasoned teams to move faster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chambers needs to go

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong teaming environment regarding collaboration. Lots of technology at your fingertips and open to working remotely/at a distance.

    Cons

    No one lifts a finger unless they are compensated on it - and there are a lot of 'grey areas' where people aren't paid on things - so use your power of persuasion to ask for help. You can absolutely fall victim of your own success and middle mgmt will not easily allow you to promote out if you are a solid performer on their teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chambers, you had a good run - time to go. You are out of touch and believe your own statements about yourself. You did NOT make that child speak for the first time after the China earthquake. you were awesome and had some good stats.....time to step down.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    As a contractor working remotely, I had challanging opportunities and enjoyed working with professionals.

    Former Employee - Oracle ADF/Java Developer, Database, Weblogic Some Ops/Administrative  in  San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Oracle ADF/Java Developer, Database, Weblogic Some Ops/Administrative in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They work with the technology they build in their day-to-day operations, it is a company that build network solutions to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. Remote opportunities are normal in this environment, and it works! Many companies could learn from Cisco. At least the group I was in. (Worldwide Systems Engineering & Technology Group)

    Cons

    As a contractor, I was led to beleive I had a long term assignment and all the messages were positive. One day out of the blue, I was told they ran out of money and my contract ended a few days after that. That hurt me financially very much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be up front with contractors on your commitments.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor. Turf wars galore.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Development  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Development in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Training. Breadth of possible positions and departments.

    Cons

    Defending your opinions across silos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great place to meet other people for next career

    Cons

    many of the managers are horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    plese please develop friendly culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Perfect employer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company which is creating the world of technology

    Cons

    Too many restrictions and procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be more open to changes and realize specific of local markets

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Since we own WebEx, I get to telecommute from San Francisco the majority of the time. The people I work with a extremely smart with very few jerks. There is a fantastic life/work balance and the benefits are excellent. The projects are very interesting and the impact your work has is global.

    Cons

    This is a very engineering driven company. There is a lot of lip-service given to the "importance of UE design" but the reality continues to fall waaaaayyyyyy short. There is not a design team approach- instead, individuals are assigned to products and become domain expert "slaves" as they become the expert on a product. This makes for very little movement in new work assignments. It is rare to be able to collaborate with fellow designers. Instead, you are usually the lone designer working with a single product manager (usually an ex-engineer) and a bunch of engineers. Cisco is still learning how to move from hardware-only to a more healthy mix of SaaS and hardware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to invest in the creation of a true front-end programming team (located here in the USA, on the same floor as the UE and visual design team. They would work hand-in-hand with your UE and visual design teams to code the front-end pages so that hard-core engineers are not struggling to do so.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to cutting edge thinking

    Cons

    Less facetime with manager than is optimum

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Operations Director

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    Former Employee - Operations Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Significant transitions, not always well timed

    Cons

    Significant transitions, not always well timed, question relevance in new markets.. Beyond plumbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deliver clear, concise mission, vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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